Spousal Petition

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What is a Spousal Petition?

A spousal petition is a specific type of immigration application that allows a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) to sponsor their foreign spouse for an immigrant visa or green card. This petition is filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is the first step in the process of bringing a foreign spouse to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

To be eligible to file a spousal petition, the petitioner must be a U.S. citizen or a green card holder. The petitioner must also prove the authenticity of the marriage and demonstrate that it is a bona fide relationship, not entered into solely for immigration purposes. The petitioner is required to provide evidence of their U.S. citizenship or green card status, proof of the marital relationship, and any supporting documents required by USCIS.

The Process of Filing a Spousal Petition

The process of filing a spousal petition involves several steps. First, the petitioner must complete and submit Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, along with the required supporting documents and filing fee. USCIS will review the petition and supporting documents to determine if the petitioner meets the eligibility requirements.

If the spousal petition is approved, it will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing. The NVC will request additional documentation, such as the foreign spouse’s biographical information and supporting documents, and will provide instructions on how to proceed with the visa application.

Once the visa application is complete, the NVC will schedule an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the foreign spouse’s home country. During the interview, the foreign spouse will be asked questions to verify the authenticity of the marriage and their eligibility for a visa. If the interview goes well, the foreign spouse will be granted an immigrant visa, allowing them to travel to the United States.

Upon arrival in the United States, the foreign spouse must enter the country within the validity period of the immigrant visa. Once admitted, they will receive a green card, granting them lawful permanent resident status.

Conclusion

Spousal petitions are an important part of the immigration process for U.S. citizens and green card holders who wish to bring their foreign spouses to the United States. However, it is essential to understand that the outcome of a spousal petition depends on various factors and that Virtual Visa Pros cannot guarantee the results of any immigration matter. It is always advisable to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to navigate the complexities of the immigration system and increase the chances of a successful outcome.